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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Ian Kennedy: Yasiel Puig plays with a lot of arrogance

Miguel-Montero-Yasiel-PuigLos Angeles Dodgers phenom Yasiel Puig made a rookie mistake on Tuesday night when he tried to score from first on a dropped fly ball to center in the top of the 5th. The relay throw from Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Didi Gregorius beat Puig by several steps, and all Puig could do is try to collide with catcher Miguel Montero to jar the ball loose.

It didn’t work, and Puig was called out. Montero even gave him the finger wag as if to say “not in my house.” After the game, D-Backs pitcher Ian Kennedy had some words for Puig.

“He plays with a lot of arrogance,” Kennedy said, according to Jack Magruder of FOXSportsArizona.com. “He’s young.”

While the collision wasn’t necessarily dirty, Puig ran through a stop sign from the Dodgers third base coach. The coaches are there for a reason. They can see what’s going on in the field of play better than someone who is rounding the bases, so it’s best to heed their advice. The fact that Puig chose not to listen is probably what inspired Kennedy to call him arrogant.

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